Born and raised on the east coast, Suzanne moved to California when she was
fifteen. She currently lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, their two kids, a
Cockapoo named Cooper, and a cat named Martha. They own a restaurant in town
town called Lumberyard (LBLumberyard.com).
Prior to becoming an author, Suzanne was an architect specializing in residential
and commercial design.
When not writing, Suzanne enjoys doing anything and everything with her family –
skiing, golf, tennis, surfing, playing board games, and watching reality TV.
She is an avid baseball fan. Her team is the Angels. She can also be found in the
bleachers watching her kids' sports or prowling the streets with her husband
checking out the culinary scene of Orange County.
Book Report Facts
FAMILY—Two bros, 1 older, 1 younger
KIDS—Two, a son and a daughter
PETS—A dopey cockapoo named Cooper, an evil cat named Martha
JOBS—McDonald's cashier, server, cookie company owner, marketing manager,
copywriter, graphic designer, architect, shoelace inventor, restaurateur, author.
(0-1) Livingston, New Jersey
(1-8) Glenns Falls, New York
(8-12) Concord, Michigan
(12-13) Cherry Hill, New Jersey
(13-15) Medford Lakes, New Jersey
(15-19) Santa Barbara, California
(19-21) Long Beach, California
(21-28) Huntington Beach, California
(28-now) Laguna Beach, California
BOOKS I LOVED AS A KID THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A WRITER
Anything by Judy Blume or S E Hinton
ARE ANY OF YOUR BOOKS INSPIRED BY THINGS
THAT HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE?
Yes, all of them.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO BESIDES WRITE?
Invent something that changes the world.
FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
1.One of my bucket list goals is to see a game at every Major League Baseball
park with my daughter before I'm sixty. There are 30 stadiums in 18 states and
Canada. So far we've been to five!
2.I'm addicted to Sudoku. I don't know there is just something so satisfying about
figuring it out. I love the absoluteness of knowing I got something perfectly right.
3.I was on a game show called Brain Surge with my daughter. We won the first
round, then got flushed down the Brain Drain in the next round.
4.I invented shoelaces called Wonder Laces. They are simply a better shoelace -
healthier for your feet, more comfortable, and they have six times the knot strength
of normal shoelaces. They are being sold around the globe!
5.My secret guilty pleasure it watching cheesy reality television with my kids! I
especially love Survivor and Love in the Wild (it's so bad, it's irresitibly good).
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?
I had no idea I wanted to be a writer. It isn't a "practical" career, so I never really
considered it. I was always making up crazy stuff in my brain, but I didn't know it
was anything anyone else would want to read until I sat down one day with an
idea and the words flowed out of me faster than I could type. The story was poorly
written, but the plot and characters were cool - it was an amazing discovery, like
figuring out you could play the piano without ever before having touched a key.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR WRITING IS BASED ON YOUR
A lot of it—I'm always on the lookout for drama, storylines, dialog. I tell my friends
to be careful what they say, if it's interesting, it's sure to wind up in my next book.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
I am creative and active, so anything that makes my brain or my body work I love.
I consider myself a dabbler. I paint a little, golf a little, kickbox a little, surf a little,
invent things that never get made, redesign my dream house a couple times a year.
For relaxation, I read, go to movies, or watch the Angels when it's baseball season.
WHAT IS YOUR WORKING ENVIRONMENT LIKE?
I write in my car! Strange, but effective. There are no distractions and it's oddly
comfortable. I sit with a Mead notebook (college-ruled) and a Bic click pen and
write stream of consciousness until the words stop flowing, then I run errands or
play for a few hours. When I get home, I type what I wrote into my computer. I like
to park is in the shade with a view of the ocean. The only exception to this ritual
is when I'm writing a scene in a unique location, then I like to be in that place.
For HUSH LITTLE BABY, I was sitting beside the Spokane River when I wrote
the chapters about Drew fishing and Addie nearly drowning. There's no
substitution for writing on location. Someday, I'd like to be able to travel to each
scene as I write them.
SINCE BECOMING AN AUTHOR, WHAT LESSONS
HAVE YOU LEARNED?
Patience and perserverance, everything happens slower than you think iand you
can't give up because you never know when the stars are going to align.
No matter how many compliments you get, the single criticism drowns it out.
Sometimes pipe dreams really do come true.
SATURDAY EVENING, GOING OUT OR STAYING HOME
AND READING A BOOK?
Going out! I love to read, but I only do it when I have nothing else to do.
HOLIDAYS, BEACH OR MOUNTAINS?
Either. I live at the beach, but there are a thousand other beaches in the world
I would love to visit. I also love to ski, so mountain vacations in the winter are
definitely my cup of hot chocolate!
COUNTRY OR CITY?
City! The energy, the architecture, the restaurants!
SHY OR EASY GOING?
Easy going and getting less shy with age.
SERIOUS OR FUNNY?
Always looking for the funny!
TRAVELER OR NOT?
I like to pretend I'm a traveler, but the truth is, if I'm gone more than a week,
I really start to miss home.
LEADER OF THE GROUP OR NOT?
Not a leader, but I also hate to follow. Typically I go my own way.
WHAT'S THE ONE QUESTION NO ONE EVER ASKS
AND YOU WISH THEY WOULD?
Can you sing Gilligan Island's theme song? I can. I have the whole thing
memorized. "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."
Favorite . . .
TV SHOW: Grey's Anatomy
MOVIE: As Good as it Gets
BOOK: The Power of One
MUSIC: Classic rock, alternative, blues... It's all good! Bruce Springsteen and
Uncle Kracker are among my favorites.
FOOD: Gastropubs, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - discoveries that are off the
beaten path and turning out rockin' good grub.
CITY: San Francisco
MOTTO: "Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars."